Army warns soldiers about pesky diploma mills

The Army is advising soldiers to avoid diploma mills in seeking education options.

A recent release by the Army News Service said the Army will not recognize degrees from unaccredited schools.

'One particular school, Trinity College and University, is actively pursuing soldiers in Iraq,' the release noted. 'The school, which is based out of Metairie, La., is not accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.'

A customer service representative for Trinity said the school does not require coursework but grants degrees, usually within two weeks, based on life experience. She said Trinity has Army soldiers among its students.

The Army advised soldiers to check with its education centers to verify the accreditation of schools they want to attend.

The Pentagon has about 580 such centers, according to the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support.

DANTES uses a guide to accredited schools published by the American Council on Education.

The Army News Service release listed some telltale signs of a diploma mill, such as its lack of study and work requirements, lack of accreditation, online advertising and award of credits for life experience.

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